Japanese carriers Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) have both announced significant reductions in capacity for the coming weeks as the coronavirus continues to spread.
Japan Airlines has announced that it will slash international flights by 94% for May, representing 4568 flights. All services between Tokyo Haneda and Sydney and Honolulu will be suspended. Between 12 and 19 April, Japan Airlines said its domestic network had shrunk by 49%.
Meanwhile, All Nippon Airways says it will cut 90% of its international flights representing 3323 services between 25 April to 15 May. With the exception of its Tokyo Narita to Los Angeles service which won’t see any further changes, operation will be significantly reduced on 71 international routes. It originally expected to operate 3676 flights on 72 routes during this period. The carrier’s two new routes connecting Tokyo Haneda and San Francisco and San Jose will instead be launched on 16 May.
In other news, on 7 April, ANA released its traffic figures for February 2020. The carrier recorded a 25.2% decrease in passenger numbers, amounting to 569,460. Load factor stood at just 64.4% which was approximately 10 percentage points lower than previous months. RPK (Revenue Passenger km) was down 9.2% to 3,480,439. Only on flights to North America was passenger numbers higher in comparison to previous years, seeing a 9.3% increase.
Japan Airlines on 13 April added that it would be operating cargo services with passenger aircraft to “respond to the cargo demand across the globe”.
As of yet, All Nippon Airways has not announced the introduction of cargo flights with passenger aircraft.
Japan has a total of 7370 confirmed coronavirus cases and 136 deaths. The country has also reported 762 recoveries.